So back in April I decided that I’d had enough of being waxed every month and I wanted to try a less painful and more long lasting method of hair removal. After doing a bit of research, asking the lady who waxes me about a million questions and taking it a bit too seriously, I decided to go ahead and book 6 months worth of laser hair removal sessions. Before your first real session you have to go for a patch test, at this point I hadn’t shaved for about a month because they ask you to grow your hair out if you’ve been waxing like I have, so she shaved a small patch on the spot and my patch test lasted about five minutes. I was getting a full hollywood, as in, my entire vag was getting lasered, and at this point she’d been waxing it for so long that I was okay with her rubbing ECG cream all over it.
I was dubious to begin with, the laser was quite hot and I found the patch test quite painful, I was bleeding afterwards despite being told it’s normal if you shave just before, and the severity of my decision was sinking in – would it be worth it? Would I regret it? Who knows.
My first real session was nowhere near as painful and I didn’t bleed, but I did do a pretty bad job at shaving the night before so she went back over where I’d missed and began the session which lasted about fifteen minutes, after it was done my skin was sensitive and red in appearance, but I stood admiring my freshly lasered lady-bits and felt quite pleased with myself. I paid for my next five sessions there and then which came to an eye-watering £540.
I’d figured since I’d read so much on it and read about so many success stories, the sum was worth it, I was saving more in the long run on waxing sessions and razor blades and I decided that I was definitely going to continue.
It didn’t take long for my optimism to fade away though, I didn’t notice any massive changes in my first few sessions, my hair was growing back just as quickly as it did before I began waxing and the thickness of the hair remained the same. I began to doubt my choice to spend hundreds on this procedure only to be disappointed that it was taking so long to work. I’m pale with dark hair, I’m the perfect person to have something like this done as the laser targets dark follicles and my skin is so fair that it may as well be a sheet of paper, I was told continuously before I actually began my laser sessions that I was perfect for laser. But why wasn’t I seeing results?
I decided that the next session I had, I’d air out my concerns and ask her to turn the heat up on the machine. She complied and empathised with me, but then reassured me that most people don’t see results until after their final session, and that there are some cases in which some hairs just won’t leave. I was sad about the fact that I could be one of those people, but I accepted it and continued on with my laser sessions. They were pre-paid and non refundable so I pretty much had no choice anyways.
After about four sessions though I noticed that my hair was finer and I had a few bald patches, I noticed that the length of time between shaving was much longer and my skin was surprisingly smoother. I was feeling pretty pleased about the fact but then doom struck.
Just before I was set to go back to Portugal, I’d booked a laser session for three days before. I had a phone call the day before to say the machine had broke – I’d be going 6 weeks between appointments which is strongly advised against.
Time went by quickly though and the next time I was laying on the bed getting lasered, I expressed to my beautician that the machine had broke, she’d been away on holiday and didn’t realise my appointment had been affected. She expressed her apologies and the session began. It was hotter than normal and quite painful, I could barely take it but I wanted to make up for lost time.
By the time I’d had my fifth session, I was pretty much over it. I wasn’t a completely bald cat, still, and my hair was growing back, still. I began to refer to it as laser hair reduction instead, because although I had enough hair growing back, enough had also stopped growing back to make a difference.
At the time of my final appointment my beautician asked me if I’d like to extend my sessions or get laser somewhere else, at this point I was starting roaccutane and couldn’t continue with laser due to the fact that you can’t take antibiotics whilst having laser hair removal. I told her no and my reasons why, she was sympathetic to the fact and I decided that although laser hadn’t completely made me go bald in my desired area, it had reduced my hair growth enough for me to go a bit longer between shaves and my hair was so fine it’d break off anyway.
Do I think that it was worth the half-a-grand price tag? Not really, for some people 6 sessions is enough but I certainly don’t feel like it was for me. I’m sad that my sessions ended and I didn’t get my desired results, but the results I have ended up with are, well, they’re okay.